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Average Global Temperatures In 2008 Are Forecast to Be Lower Than In Previous Years, Thanks to the Cooling Effect of the Ocean Current In the Pacific,

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The World Meteorological Organisations secretary-general, Michel Jarraud, said it was likely that La Nina, an abnormal cooling of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, would continue into the summer.

However, La Nina is not likely to persist for a period greater than two or more years.

Although it is reportedly the strongest event we've had this year, scientists are saying that when looking at climate change, it is important to look at trends in temperature over a period of time as opposed to changes in temperature during a particular year.

So I guess we will get a break from the heat for a few years.

Georgia sure doesn't need another drought this year.

 

BlueGeorgia BlueGeorgia 41-45, M 2 Responses Apr 13, 2008

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There are towns and villages close to sea level that are flooding. That is a fact. As the polar ice caps continue to melt it will only get worse. Hopefully the next few years will at least slow the process some.

You say "There are towns and villages close to sea level that are flooding. That is a fact." I will express that fact in terms of numbers. Sea level rise during the first ten years of the 21th Century (2001 to 2010) was about 3 centimeters. Sea level rise during the second ten years of the 21st Century (2011 to 2020) will be about 5 centimeters, for a total of 8 centimeters in 20 years. The decade after that will see a sea level rise of about 7 centimeters, for a total of 15 centimeters of sea level rise in the first 30 years of the 21st Century.
You say "As the polar ice caps continue to melt it will only get worse." You have already noticed the pattern. Earth is getting increasingly efficient at directing its heat imbalance into melting the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica. In the 2020's, cargo ships between Britain and Japan will on a seasonal basis sometimes pass within 300 nautical miles of the North Pole in order to save distance in their travel, using what is now the merely hypothetical Polar Passage through the Fram Strait between Greenland and Svalbard, bypassing the more traditional routes of the Northwest Passage through the Canadian archipelago and the Northeast Passage along the coast of Siberia. At that time, the ice melt from Greenland will be enormous compared to the amounts seen in the 2010's. See level ice melts first, then low altitude ice on land, and then high altitude ice on land. That is the pattern. Once the sea ice melts enough that commercial shipping uses the North Pole as a short cut between Britain and Japan, Earth will very strongly direct its energy imbalance toward melting the low altitude ice of Greenland.
You say "Hopefully the next few years will at least slow the process some." That hope is not realistic. Almost every decade in the 21st Century will see more ice melt than the decade that came before.

Correct. The ocean currents will give us some relief for a few years. After that the cycle will continue.